At the ‘The Holiday Show’ by Suma Orientalis Fine Art, nine artists based in Malaysia are using their art to highlight modern social issues and how we connect with the world today.
The pieces by these diverse artists are sure to ignite important conversations, blending humor into daily life, uncovering depth in the ordinary, and exploring societal and environmental issues.
Here’s a glimpse of select artworks from the exhibition, along with insights into the artists’ inspiration and the impact of their pieces.
Through delicate figures and symbols, Azrul Azrai Mohyi’s art sparks discussions about how today’s society connects and deals with current issues.
Jane Stephanny works with gouache, acrylic, and printmaking to portray the quirks of the human condition through her satirical lenses. Blending the strange with the ordinary, perfection appears to be found in imperfection.
Lith Ng’s artwork boldly challenges sexual repression in patriarchal societies, offering a thought-provoking exploration of women’s feelings about relationships and sexuality.
Louise Low delves into existential freedom, prompting viewers to reflect on living with ease amid societal influences, which highlights the deceptive aspects of reality.
Wong Xiang Yi’s artworks are driven by an avid interest in gender issues.
Oli transforms her observations into surreal illustrations with a pop culture twist to explore subjects such as self-love and childhood.
Tan Choon Ting’s vibrant world captures daily encounters with humor, interpreting the mundane in a philosophical context that explores the relationships between flesh, soul, and invisible spaces juxtaposed with notions of time.
YONGL invites observers to reevaluate the devastating impacts caused by extensive quarrying activities on the mountains of Kinta Valley, Perak, by embracing his photo-montage creativity.
Zharfan Rashidi’s rhythmic artworks exalt the urban lifestyle while resonating with traditional batik patterns, music, offering a visual symphony.
The exhibition’s theme echoes the essence of December, urging us to reflect on the past, present, and future. It prompts a sobering realization of how our actions influence our lives and surroundings, inviting us to consider how we can chart our path ahead.
You can check out the show at Suma Orientalis Fine Art, The Five @ KPD, B-3a-1, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, from December 9 to 23, 2023.
All images supplied by Suma Orientalis Fine Art.